Obama’s second term: reaping the fail he has sowed
The President, unlike butter, is not on a roll.
On the national security front, there’s the just-revealed policy of trial-free, evidence-free, death by drone (which by contrast—and finality—makes “enhanced interrogations” seem like forcing a misbehaving child to stand in the corner). There’s the shockingly inept confirmation performance by Mr. Obama’s choice for SecDef, Two-Buck Chuck Hagel. There’s Leon Panetta offering shrinkage in military pay and benefits.
On the foreign policy front, you have the non-success of the Arab Spring as seen in Libya, Egypt, Syria, and now, Mali. There’s still a pair of reliable bad—and dangerous—actors, North Korea and Iran who remain undiminished in their capabilities. Post-election, terrorism hasn’t been eradicated after all, nor has the world submitted to the President’s wisdom and leadership. Beyond that, don’t forget the catastrophic failure of the Russian Reset and the non-beneficial outcome of our “pivot to Asia.” Even Benghazigate has yet to fully evaporate, despite the standard media-grade incuriousness.
On the political front, there’s the issue of Bob Menendez, his overactive libido, and the story of his underage Dominican Republic prostitutes. There’s the President’s nomination of yet another unqualified Wall Street insider to be the Secretary of the Treasury. Then there’s cross-cutting Eric Holder, the gift—like a sexually-transmitted disease—which keeps on giving, affecting the President’s drone policy, gun
grab initiatives, the foreign and domestic policy failure known as Fast and Furious, etc.
Domestically, the President’s gun control
grab initiatives are slip sliding away and he’s been revealed as one of the very few people on earth who remain uncool looking even while posing with a weapon.
Finally, Mr. Obama, mainly via his voice activated switch, seems to be moving towards the desperate realization the sequestration is looking more and more like it will happen. Why will it happen? Because the President is an ideologue who lacks the interpersonal and negotiating skills inherent in most politicos. Will Joe Biden, AKA Gaffe Master Flash, ride to the rescue again? Don’t count on it.
Where does this leave us with regard to Dear Reader? One hypothesis is the failures of the Administration are now peaking. A second hypothesis is that these failures are merely continuing to follow their predictable-enough trend line. Although the voice actuated switch asserts we have a legal, ethical, and wise President, the evidence suggests otherwise. (At this point, many Americans would settle for Mr. Obama demonstrating just one of those attributes.)
Things that can’t continue forever—like the President’s myriad policy failures, his class warfare, borrowing 40% of our spending, and his poisonous partisanship—won’t.